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School is out and summer is just around the corner as it will officially begin on June 21st! This week's update has a number of fun events in our community you can attend with your whole family.
2017-2018 Legislative Review
This year's legislative Session wrapped up one of the most productive bienniums in recent memory. I am proud of what we accomplished and you can see highlights from the 2017-2018 biennium here or by clicking the image below.
Reminder: Teaching Licensing Rules
The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) is in the process of developing rules as a result of the reforms passed by the legislature to change the way we license teachers in the state of Minnesota. These reforms were done to help address teacher shortages across the state, as well as correct the subjective and inconsistent licensing process that out-of-state teachers had to go through to get licensed here in Minnesota.
There was a hearing on the proposed rules on June 8th, but the comment period was extended and will close on June 28th at 4:30pm. I personally submitted comments and I wanted to share this link with you in case any of you are interested in submitting your own comments, or in case you know anyone who would be interested in submitting comments.
ICYMI: Suicide Prevention Hotline
Minnesota's statewide mental health hotline, known as Crisis Connections, will not be able to receive calls past June 30th due to the funding being vetoed by Governor Dayton. As an alternative, Minnesotans can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255), Minnesota metro hotline (**274747) (soon statewide), or text MN to 741741.
I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but, if you or someone you know needs help, please don't hesitate to reach out to this important Lifeline.
IN THE COMMUNITY:
Beastly Bash at the Minnesota Zoo
Last Saturday, June 9th, was the Minnesota Zoo's 30th Annual Beastly Bash. As a strong supporter of the Zoo, I was proud to attend and personally support this great fundraising event to raise money to help the Zoo be more accessible to ALL Minnesotans. I am continually impressed by all the wonderful things the Zoo does for education and conservation - both in our community and around the world.
Rep. Wills with constituents Gretchen and Robert at the Minnesota Zoo Beastly Bash.
Dakota County Regional Chamber Luncheon
On Monday, June 11th, I attended the Dakota County Regional Chamber Good Day Dakota County Luncheon. I enjoyed informative presentations by retiring DCTC President Tim Wynes and retiring District 196 Superintendent Jane Berenz on the state of the schools. Best wishes to you both in your retirement!
Rep. Wills at the Dakota County Regional Chamber Good Day Dakota County Luncheon.
Music in Kelley Park
Every Friday evening this summer in Kelley Park in Apple Valley, there will be a free concert in the park! This fun concert series is sponsored by the Apple Valley Arts Foundation, Uponor, and Think Mutual Bank, with their first concert, 5 Speed, performing TONIGHT, at 6pm. For the full line-up of concerts and additional details, visit: http://avartsfoundation.org/events/
Rosemount's 6th Annual ArtBlast
The 6th Annual ArtBlast, sponsored by the Rosemount Area Arts Council and several local businesses, will be held the last full week in June, starting on Monday, June 18th, with activities and concerts for the whole family! Most events are free. For the full schedule celebrating the arts in Rosemount, visit: http://www.rosemountarts.com/Products.html
Rosemount Public Safety in the Park
On Tuesday, June 19th, from 5:30-7:30pm, in Central Park in Rosemount, come meet your local police officers and emergency personnel, and explore hands-on displays of their vehicles and equipment. Free admission. Hot dogs, chips, and water will be provided. I hope to see you there!
Rep. Wills with her son Gideon at last year's Public Safety in the Park.
Keep in Touch
Thank you to so many of you who have contacted my office! I receive hundreds of emails weekly and value all of your feedback. Thank you also for your patience as I work to respond to each of you. It is truly an honor to serve you in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Have a great weekend! And Happy Father's Day to all the amazing Dads out there!
State Representative District 57B
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